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Paolo CIRIO's monograph, 2019.
THIS MONOGRAPH FEATURES PAOLO CIRIO’S CONCEPTS, MODELS, AND INTERVENTIONS UTILIZING THE FLOWCHART AS ARTISTIC MEDIUM. CIRIO’S WORK CHALLENGES AND INVESTIGATES THE ECONOMICS, POLITICS, TECHNOLOGY, AND SEMIOTICS OF THE GLOBAL INFORMATION ORDER. THIS SURVEY FEATURES THE ARTIST’S USE OF FLOWCHARTS AS A VISUAL STRATEGY FOR SOPHISTICATED APPARATUSES, IDEAS, AND ACTIONS. CIRIO’S RESEARCH, INTERVENTIONISM, ACTIVISM, AND INTELLECTUAL ENGAGEMENT ARE PRESENTED IN INSTALLATIONS AND ARTIFACTS BOTH IN DIALOGUE WITH THE LEGACY OF CONCEPTUAL ART AND THE ADVANCEMENT OF CONTEMPORARY ART.

ARTWORKS:
Foundations; Meaning; Sociality; Daily Paywall; Global Direct; Art Commodities; World Currency; Loophole for All; Gift Finance - P2P Gift Credit Cards; Hacking Monopolism Trilogy; Face to Facebook; Amazon Noir; Google Will Eat Itself; Open Society Structures; and early sketches.

I discuss the politics, aesthetics, and philosophy of networks, data, and algorithms,

yet these artworks inevitably dig into the very mechanics of financial vehicles,

intellectual property, political science, privacy policies, semantic studies, and art

itself. These are the subsystems I utilize through a range of strategies, including

performance, hacking, documentary, institutional critique, utopia, social innovation,

and appropriation. Consequently, the nature of the material, subjects, and tactics

I implement makes these artworks actively engaged in discussing the opportunities

and oppressions within contemporary society.

Either with simple provocations or recontextualization, or with sophisticated

interventionist, participatory, or speculative models, my artworks have an agenda

that I strategize when I program the flow of information, operations, and interactions

between my targets, audiences, and myself. Information flows within and around

society always have a degree of social and cultural impact; as such, my works often

embody agency that extends from mere representation. They create and inspire

change, reaction, and inquiry through proactive, subversive, and informative art.

These artworks are social agents probing and interacting with the subject matters

and their systems. I believe that the advancement in art through my work is the

programmable reality I can insert into a particular network and the extensive reach

such action can have today. Toward this end, I chart, create, and execute operational

and functional systems meant to produce outcomes for social constructivism or

critique. Society became my material while the flowcharts of conceptual models and

algorithms became my medium.

With a lifelong pursuit of advancing modes of conceptual art, my work has been

dedicated to exploring an aesthetics of social complexity, discussing and modelling

the paradigms of the information order forming society and social knowledge.

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